The starting coordinates for this cache point to the middle of Anzac Parade, a major avenue pointing to the War Memorial and Mt Ainslie to the northeast, and over Lake Burley Griffin to the two Parliament Houses southwest. A place I always enjoy visiting, there have been quite a few additions and renovations in recent years. And of course consider visiting the War Memorial Museum, regularly voted best tourist attraction in the country.
Anzac stands for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, soldiers who went to fight in the Great War of 1914-18 on the other side of the world. It is generally believed that the unsuccessful Gallipoli campaign of 1915 was a defining moment for the identities of both countries.
Your task is to visit the amazing monuments along the parade, learn about the men and women honoured by them, and then off to claim another cache!
There is nothing of importance at the precise coordinates. For parking, there are two small roads (one very close to each side) called Anzac Pk, as you cannot park on the Parade itself. It doesn't matter where on the Parade you choose to start.
There are currently 12 memorials along the parade, 6 on each side. There are 4 allocated spaces still unused (second in from each corner). In the off-chance that more memorials appear before you do this cache (or to help you tick them off), the twelve you need to visit are:
Walk or cycle up one side and back down the other, completing a loop to return to your starting point. Even if you are walking and pause to appreciate each stop, this should take less than an hour.
- Australian Army
- Desert Mounted Corps
- Greek Campaign
- Kemal Ataturk
- Korean War
- New Zealand (East)
- New Zealand (West)
- Service Nurses
- Rats of Tobruk
- Royal Australian Air Force
- Royal Australian Navy
- Vietnam Forces
As you travel, answer these twelve questions. They are in no particular order, so you will have to decide which question goes with which memorial when you arrive there(many will be obvious). The answers aren't hard once you've matched the correct question. Look on the explanation plaques at the front, or around the memorial itself. You won't need the obscure plaques hidden at the back, any fine print, etc. All the answers are numbers between 1 and 100.
- How many campaigns have New Zealand and Australia fought together in?
- Along the ground, how many lines radiate all the way out from the 'ship'?
- How many large circular shapes in the perimeter defences?
- What number Magpie "hit my smoke" in Vietnam?
- How many lines long (excluding the author's name) is the quote about Johnnies and Mehmets?
- How many major conflicts (tall and pink) have the Army been involved in?
- One of the islands has a white square around it, as it is an inset. How many segments large is this island?
- How many letters in the latin name of this sculpture?
- What day in April was the first memorial constructed for the Parade unveiled?
- How many large vertical glass panels?
- Which squadron of the RAAF joined the action in 1950?
- Ignoring the union jack, the stars of the Australian flag have a total of 40 points. How many points in total on the NZ flag? (and what colour, for extra credit! )
So many numbers... if you want to double check, add your 12 answers up and the last digit will be a 2.
Next, write your answers left to right, in order from lowest to highest. The difference between the left two numbers is A. The difference between the third and fourth numbers is B. And so on for C, D, E, and F.
Example: If your 12 answers are:
then you will rewrite them as:
and get: A=2-1=1, B=4, C=1, D=20, E=12, F=12.
sss is the 3 digit number Cx100 + Ex10 + (B+D),
eee is the 3 digit number Ax100 + Fx10 + (E-D),
and the final coordinates of the cache are:
S 35º 17.sss, E 149º 08.eee.
The cache is within 200m of the Parade, with a couple of ways to get there. There are trees in the vicinity, so your GPS may struggle for an exact lock. You're looking for a seat, so sit there and ponder your thoughts until the coast is clear. It's normally quite deserted, but if not consider reading the hints first so you're not hunting too long. The camouflaged 1.25L container will hold medium swaps. The contents were started with an ANZAC theme, but it is not necessary to continue this.